1. Pink Well Challenge Finalist Profile: The Seton Fund – Seton Breast Cancer Center


    The mission of the Seton Healthcare Family inspires us to care for and improve the health of those we serve with a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. The Seton Fund is the fund development arm of this healthcare ministry which is sponsored by our founders, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  We accomplish this mission as a not-for-profit organization that is the leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas, serving an 11-county population of 1.8 million.

    Seton recently entered into an historic partnership with the University of Texas and UT Southwestern Medical School to increase the amount of medical education and medical research conducted, and to provide better care for Central Texas. This is all good news for breast cancer patients in the region.

    Seton’s strategy is to continue providing Healthcare that Works, Healthcare that is Safe and Healthcare that Leaves No One Behind. This currently includes the only mobile mammography program in the region, providing emergency and diagnostic assistance to underserved areas. Seton Medical Center serves more cancer patients than any other Central Texas hospital through the region’s only dedicated inpatient cancer unit. Through the new Breast Cancer Center, it is our goal to utilize a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer care, bringing together the best medical technology with personal attention and support throughout a patient’s cancer journey.

    The Pink Well funds will go toward the $6.5M fundraising goal to create a state-of-the-art, comprehensive Breast Cancer Center in Austin, Texas. This center is being designed to provide advanced technology for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery in a warm, nurturing environment designed for the comfort of patients and their loved ones. Funds will allow Seton to purchase equipment used for digital mammography, stereotactic biopsies, breast ultrasound and MRI, and will enable us to double the size of the inpatient oncology unit and create an outpatient infusion center.

    Founded in 1902, Seton has many success stories, including the only heart transplants performed in Central Texas and designation as a Magnet Hospital – the gold standard for nursing care. The success we care most about is best represented in the words of a breast cancer survivor:  “A local comprehensive center such as the one that Seton is committed to building here would’ve been such a welcomed respite. I wanted as much of my treatment in Austin as possible…to be able to spend as much time as possible with my precious young children.”